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Former Champions are a modern, high-energy, musical ensemble focused on expressing ideas and emotions through sound and words. Targeting to influence and inspire the human spirit with dynamic groove-based compositions, their music has been described through a multitude of genres including Rock, Funk, World-Beat, Live Electronics, and NuJazz. Within this varied genre approach, the music combines tightly composed and adventurous passages with in-the-moment improvisation. Despite the genre bending output, FC does indeed have a sound that is instantly identifiable and unique to themselves. But, there ability to transform and shape this sound to fit the surroundings and setting of each venue is what sets them apart.
FC have recently shared the stage with Lotus, Perpetual Groove, Tea Leaf Green, EOTO, Toubab Krewe, John Brown’s Body, Zappa Plays Zappa, Deer Tick, Telepath, The Hackensaw Boys, Brother's Past, Conspirator, U-Melt, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Sci Fi, Big In Japan, Jounce, mewithoutyou, Biodiesel, Indobox, Papadosio, Stushido, Basshound, Turbine, The Mantras, and The Bridge among others.
2011 looks to be an exciting year for Former Champions as they gear up to play festivals like Camp Barefoot 5, Amberland, FloydFestX, and MikeAid, in support of the release of their debut studio album set to drop in April. They're continuing forward with inspired energy and a dynamic presence ready to unleash their sound into the atmosphere.
Former Champions are:
Matt Walton - Guitar & Vocals
Ben White - Keys & Vocals
David Ashby - Bass & Vocals
Geoff Bakel - Drums & Electronics
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